His name might not be familiar to many, but his songs are sung by millions around the world. Today’s show is a recap of a 2013 journey through the life and work of Yip Harburg, the Broadway lyricist who wrote such hits as “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” and who put the music into The Wizard of Oz. Born into poverty on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Harburg always included a strong social and political component to his work, fighting racism and poverty. A lifelong socialist, Harburg was blacklisted and hounded throughout much of his life. Appearing on the show is Harburg’s son, Ernie Harburg; he speaks about the music and politics of his father.
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